My Stockholm

05.02.13

title image from flickr

Even though Stockholm is sometimes overshadowed by some of the other major European cities when it comes to top destinations, Stockholm is a truly mesmerising city that can't be missed. It's often known as the Venice of the North because of its beautiful architecture and incredible setting by the sea. We recommend visiting during the summer (July or August) when the weather allows you to make the most of its offering. Be ready to be dazzled by its buildings and interior design, its beautiful nature and the inherent style of its people...

My hotels...

Situated by the National Museum, The Lydmar Hotel is an elegant boutique hotel that offers wonderful views of the Old Town and the Royal Palace. We love its contemporary decoration full of vintage touches, making it a very cosy yet refined stay.

If you are into rustic chic, then The Story Hotel is for you, as you will feel at home with its contemporary raw interiors. This hotel represents understated nordic luxury at its best and is also famous for its delicious drinks.

The Hotel J, in the Nacka Strand marina, is for those who love being surrounded by beautiful nature and yet a stone throw away from the city centre. This is an incredibly charming hotel, with amazing views of the sea (the sea is literally at your doorstep) and a very stylish nautical decor (think Lexington or Gant). Typical Swedish breakfast is served in the main room, which feels more like a great Swedish home than a hotel. And there is also a very nice restaurant on a deck over the water. The cherry on the cake is that you can get to the city centre in less than 20min by boat (charming taxi boats pass by all the time) - does it get any cosier than this?

My restaurants...

Enjoy the fresh sea food and the heavenly views from the terrace of "Pontus by the Sea" located just by the water. In Nordic style if the weather is cold you will be offered a very cosy blanket so you can enjoy all year round.

If you are looking for an extraordinary culinary experience, then Mathias Dahlgren is the place to go. One of the top restaurants in the world and certainly one of the most talked about restaurants in Stockholm at the moment, this restaurant will be a feast for all the senses... Expect a very modern take on Nordic cuisine using only the finest of local produce.

For a relaxed, traditional Swedish meal go to Gyldene Freden in the old town. One of the oldest restaurants in the city, expect to be transported back in time while enjoying some of the best Swedish meatballs and stews that this city has to offer.

If you are going to Stockholm in the summer, Josefina is the perfect place to have an evening drink while enjoying some great views of the city.

My shops...

We love Swedish fashion brands such as Acne, Filippa K and Tiger of Sweden, and you can find them all in the very centre around Biblioteksgatan.

For a more traditional shopping experience, you will find everything in Nordiska Kompaniet (NK), a beautiful department store in the heart of the city...

And for small crafty stores, head to the old town (Gamla Stan) and get lost in its endearing streets...

My museums...

In addition to some of the most renown museums such as the National Gallery and Vasa, here are a few others we love in case you have time to explore...

The Photography museum "Fotographiska" in Södermalm offers a sharp selection of  exhibitions and is open long hours. If you are thinking about going to Stockholm soon, drop by the Burning Beauty exhibition of David LaChapelle.

Art lovers will also enjoy the Modern Museum " Moderna Museet" in Skeppsholmen, definitely worth it!

My secret Stockholm...

Those who know any Swedes, know that they have an endless and unshakable love affair with the Swedish summer. And if you go in the summer to the archipelago that surrounds Stockholm you will understand why... The unspoiled rocky beaches and tranquil waters are coupled with evergreen nature and incredibly charming wooden houses, all flanked by the purest sunshine. If you go to Stockholm in the summer, taking a day (or half-a-day) trip to the archipelago is a must. You will then understand what all the fuss is about when it comes to Swedes and their beloved summers...

Images courtesy of the places mentioned
Title image - Pedro Szekely on flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0


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  • Annabelle
    February 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    I love it - this is how I got to know Stockholm myself - what a wonderful city! I am just up to travel there again :-)

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